Why Lawyers Should Bring Their Dogs to the Office

  As attorney wellness takes center stage across the nation—thanks in large part to the 2016 landmark study  that revealed significant substance abuse and mental health issues among practicing attorneys–people are looking for ways to reduce stress in the legal industry. Turns out that our pets might be able to help do just that. In fact, research […]

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How Lawyers Should (and Shouldn’t!) Answer Phone Calls

  Early in my solo practice, before I knew anything about building a client-centered law firm, I came up with a brilliant plan. I was tired of getting interrupted by phone calls, so I decided to just send all calls to voicemail and block off time to return them at 10am and 3pm every weekday. […]

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How Lawyers Can Turn Losing into Winning

  When I was a first-year law student, my Constitutional Law professor announced that he originally wanted to be a trial lawyer, but after losing his first ten trials, he decided he better teach law than practice it. My initial reaction was that maybe he shouldn’t have shared that, but now I understand that he […]

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Minimalism in the Legal World: Lawyers Share Their Experiences

  We recently reported that more and more lawyers are incorporating minimalism into their practices these days. Here, lawyers share exactly how they are taking a more minimalist approach…and why: “Research shows that multi-tasking actually leads to a decrease of productivity and creativity. I have found this to be true and have changed the way I work and […]

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Minimalism: Is it Possible in the Legal Profession?

  In 2015, Marie Kondo was named to Time‘s list of “The 100 Most Influential People,” after writing four best-selling books about the art of tidying, including the best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. That same year, New York Magazine proclaimed, “Marie Kondo will Change Your Life.” Since Kondo brought minimalism to the mainstream, the movement has inspired […]

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Are Headline-Seeking Attorneys a Threat to Ethical Principles? Part 2

  Disclaimer: The following piece reflects the views of the author, not necessarily Rocket Matter or the Legal Productivity staff. In Part 1 of this article, I posed the question of whether attorneys who seem obsessed with getting headlines and trying their case in the court of public opinion are unethical. At first blush, the antics […]

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Why Lawyers Need to Start Talking About Mental Health’s No. 1 Killer

  I suppose when you’ve been in the eating disorders arena for more than a decade as I have, it should not be surprising when those involved in the general mental health conversation fail to mention such insidious and life-threatening diseases as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  After all, even though eating disorders […]

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Blockchain and its Impact on the Legal Industry

  Many experts say that the blockchain revolution is in full swing. Google search requests for the keyword “blockchain” have skyrocketed, cryptocurrency—blockchain’s most well-known tool—was the focus of a public discussion held by the U.S. Senate, and about a dozen companies have added blockchain to their name earlier this year and, in turn, saw their share prices […]

Best TV Shows to Binge Watch in 2018? Lawyers Share Their Favorites

  We are lucky to live in what’s been dubbed “the Golden Age of Television.” There are just so many networks putting out so many outstanding shows. It can actually be quite overwhelming trying to decide what to watch, and the trick is figuring out which of the hundreds of shows out there are the […]

Lawyers Share How They Take Vacations: Part Two

  Vacations and downtime are critical to staying mentally healthy—especially for lawyers. Of course, that’s not always easy. We recently ran a piece on how lawyers actually find time to get away, and we got such a tremendous response to the piece, that we’ve decided to share even more of their tips. Bottom line as we head […]